Undecided between a Western dream and a nostalgic soviet past, after two revolutions Kyrgyzstan hangs still in search for its identity with many doubts on where to look for it.
The independence the State obtained from the ex USSR in 1991 brought a massive wave of unemployment that continues to devastate the country. Thousands of factories that used to provide products to an immense area of the soviet giant are now abandoned; many cities are almost ghost towns since people have been migrating to the capital in the utopian search for a job.
Corruption interlaces with many bureaucratic and legal aspects. The police in the first place are accused of taking prostitutes into custody demanding ransom, sometimes raping them in the process, and of selling drugs confiscated from the major trafficking route that crosses the country from Afghanistan to Russia.
Since the independence, Islam presented itself as a way to consolidate a unified identity while serving as a moral option to the issues of the secular society in a country in which 86% of the population is Muslim. The new generations are getting closer to tradition, especially in the South where more radical ideas are slowly spreading throughout the population, seeking to give Islam more influence over the country’s politics.
This visual research intends to question the future of a highly important strategic and geopolitical area that western media tends to ignore. The international dynamics of the upcoming years are being shaped hidden within the mountains of Central Asia, balancing unstably between a fragile democratic future and the potential Islamization of society.